About

The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) provides a studio environment where students can pursue their creative interests. Students can minor in art or take general elective classes from a diverse curriculum that includes drawing, painting, cartooning, architectural drawing, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, and special topics. CVA faculty are accomplished artists, photographers, designers, and illustrators.

The study of visual arts encourages students to become engaged observers, creative problem solvers, and skilled practitioners in visual and design practices. CVA faculty teach creativity, which is applicable and valuable in every avenue of human endeavor. The process of making art teaches perceptual skills, which improve the process of thinking and reasoning. The ability to be flexible in the interpretation of data is a key component of success in research, and making art helps students develop cognitive flexibility. Students are encouraged to move beyond the boundaries of the studio and engage with the university and larger Baltimore community.

The Center for Visual Arts offers an art minor for students who seek a more advanced course of study in the digital and fine arts practices. Through Hopkins’ cooperative programs with MICA and other colleges in the Baltimore area, students can take courses not offered at the Center for Visual Arts.

Each spring, the Hopkins community is invited to attend the Studio Show, an exhibition of the year’s best work by CVA students. Additionally, a variety of temporary exhibits are hosted in Mattin Center throughout the year.

The photography department offers a summer study abroad program at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. More information can be found on the Study Abroad website.

Visiting Artists

The Center for Visual Arts invites a contemporary artist each semester to conduct a workshop with students and present their work to the public in the Visiting Artists Series.

Past Visiting Artists

2017
Barry Blitt
Amy Sherald

2016
Ben Katchor
Catherine Kehoe

2015
Steve Brodner
Jane Dickson

2013
Gilbert Hernandez
Kyle Staver

2012
Lennart Anderson
J.J. Sedelmaier

2011
Richard Kendall
James Sturm

2010
Kim Deitch
Nicholas Evans-Cato

2009
Lynda Barry
Stuart Shils

2008
Barry Nemett
Diana Horowitz

2007
Bill Griffith
Paul Hotvedt

2006
Vincent Desiderio
Neil Riley

2005
Phoebe Gloeckner
Armistead Leigh

2004
John Hull
Israel Hershberg

2003
Patrick Webb

2002
Nicholas Evans-Cato
Kevin Kaliher, ’90